CAMBRIDGE, UK, May 8 - The public-private effort to sequence the mouse genome said Tuesday it has completed the first phase of its sequencing initiative.

The Mouse Sequencing Consortium has generated 3x coverage of the mouse genetic code, where each of the three billion DNA bases has been ‘read’ three times. Approximately 94 percent of the genome is now covered. 

The organisations that make up the $58 million consortium include the US National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, Glaxo SmithKline, the Merck Genome Research Institute and Affymetrix.

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